Pine end Warriors winning streak
Hilton Barbados Warriors are rolling no more. National forwards Charles Vanderpool and Junior Moore combined for 44 points and 43 rebounds, as KFC Orange 3 Pinelands ended Warriors’ recent run via Tuesday’s 82-76 victory in the Co-operators General Insurance Basketball Premier League at the Wildey Gymnasium.
The result ended an impressive four-game winning streak that saw the Dayrells Road men announce themselves as real title contenders with statement wins over defending champs Lumber Company Lakers and league leaders Station Hill Cavaliers.
But Pinelands extended a run of their own, having won their third straight game by scoring five unanswered points in the final two minutes to turn a two-possession contest (77-73) into a nine-point advantage (82-73).
This was after the Pine all but decided the game after going on a lead-changing 20-1 rally to overturn Warriors’ initial 61-57 fourth-quarter cushion.
Vanderpool led Pinelands (7-3) with 25 points, 16 rebounds and four blocked shots, Moore finished with 19 points and 27 boards and Ian Alexander chipped in with 16 points.
For Warriors (7-4), Tremaine Shaw scored 17 points, reigning Most Offensive and Best Defensive player Jamar “Spanner” Headley had 16 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks, and Shaquan “George” Newton added 11 points.
Earlier, Manuel Alleng had 17 points, 14 rebounds and five assists off the bench to lead Pan American International Insurance Warrens to a 74-66 win over Combined Schools Tridents.
Former national captain Pearson Griffith added 12 points for Warrens (6-5) while Dario Cumberbatch pulled in ten rebounds.
Rookie swingman David Walkes led the schoolboys (2-8) with 20 points and eight rebounds and point guard Deroni Hurley had 16 points, five assists and seven steals. (JM)